Touch and Story Massage for Autism ADHD, PDA, Dyslexia and Anxiety
An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater
Touch is life!!!! It boosts immunity, releases oxytocin (the neurotransmitter of love and nurture which also stimulates our emotional intelligence) after just 20 seconds!!!!!
It also releases endorphins, serotonin (the happiness and confidence neurotransmitter) and dopamine, my favourite one – feeling driven, motivated, full of concentration and focus and that deeply gorgeous feeling of reward!
Everything I do with anyone is always an invitation and always where I meet THEM. It’s never about making anyone meet me where I want them to be.
To invite and engage, to let the child or young adult lead, I’d empowering and floods them with the main happy and coping chemicals. By involving them, they are also very quickly learning simple touch techniques and tools to use anytime. They feel in charge of something and I’m these challenging and uncertain times I’m finding this approach more vital than ever before.
The transition back to school has been really difficult for most of the parents and teachers I’ve been working with this past week – particularly for those with special needs, different abilities, and disabilities. Life is hard enough in a mainstream world, but school allows very little adaption or movement for those who are different.
So, this is where touch comes in!! It can be done in the morning before school (although in let households it’s total bedlam at the time!) but more especially at night. It will also reduce and ease anxiety and stress, fear and overwhelm, and can be woven into stories and songs nursery rhymes. It could even be made up to do as homework to describe a historical event or a creative writing piece!
You can also just write words on paper or coloured lolly sticks which are so cheap and put them in a massage lucky dip box where each “player” takes out a world and you take turns to draw that word on the other person’s back until they guess the word.
You could even choose a few lolly sticks each and make a story, however random, funny, or crazy! Then do the story as a massage.
It’s all about having fun with it, playing with it, and engaging your child. Without even realising it, all this utterly fantastic neuroscience is then having a ball! And your child will feel super grounded and hopefully have a wonderful night’s sleep and you’ll love me forever!!
Take care everyone.
See you next week.